It seems that the cash-strapped Shimla Municipal Corporation (MC) will have to wait little too long before it starts getting revenue from the green tax which was to be imposed on all outside vehicles entering Shimla as the clearance from the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is still awaited.
It was decided earlier that green tax will be imposed from June 1, but it is learned that it could not be enforced from the prior decided date as clearance from the NHAI was still awaited. The NHAI has asked MC to put up some details to impose green tax and it is only after the completion of these formalities that a formal agreement will be signed and thereafter a nominal amount would also go into the kitty of the NHAI as per the pattern followed by it all over the country for such toll taxes.
Apart from NHAI clearance, The Company which has been awarded the contract has also not put up the barriers at the four entry points into the state capital. The four entry points where the green tax will be charged are Tara Devi, Totu, Dhalli and Mahli.
With all these things going on, Shimla MC is struggling hard to meet the financial needs that also include paying salary to its employees in particular.